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Unravelling JI detainees' minds

Published on Mar 14, 2014 4:31 PM

Psychologists like to tell this joke at parties: how many psychologists are needed to change a light bulb?

Answer: One. Provided the light bulb is willing to be changed, says Mr Jansen Ang, senior principal psychologist in the Singapore police force.

The point he is making is this - psychologists can only change a detainee's mind if he is willing to listen and change.

Mr Ang, 43, is currently the deputy director in the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre. He tells this joke during an interview on his work with Jemaah Islamiah (JI) detainees. The JI clandestine terror network was smashed in two security clampdowns in 2001 and 2002.

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